Obituaries 03-13-06

Ozelle H. Thompson

WEST POINT – Ozelle Harpole Thompson, 85, died Saturday, March 11, 2006, at The Carrington in Starkville. She was born Feb. 14, 1921, in Maben to the late Vera Southerland Harpole and James Bedford Harpole. She was employed by BellSouth in West Point and later in Miami, Fla. She was a member of Palestine United Methodist Church, where she was a Sunday school teacher. She married Daniel Wayne Thompson, who preceded her in death as a result of an auto accident. The last highlights of her life were a birthday party given by the hospice and a personal visit from Kay Bain of “The Mornin Show.”

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Harold Robinson officiating assisted by Rev. Eddie Brock. Burial will be in the Palestine Cemetery in Montpelier.

Survivors include three daughters, Hilda Love and husband,Ted, of Tupelo, Brenda Thompson of Denver and Sharon Berry and husband, Wallace, of Starkville; four grandchildren, Corie Peay, Michael Berry, Katie Berry and Blake Love.

She was also predeceased by her brothers and sisters, Belma C. “Red” Harpole, Maudine Bennett, James Harpole and Dalma Lee “Polly” Simpson.

Pallbearers will be Joseph Montfort, Thomas Hannigan, Barry Lewis, Alan Pepkee, Blake Love and Michael Berry. Honorary pallbearers will be William Lane Johnson, Dennis Fulgham, Odell McGee Mixon, Mildred Millsaps and Hugh Moore.

Memorials may be made to Heart to Heart Hospice 100 Russell St., Starkville, MS 39759 or to Palestine Cemetery Fund c/o Jim Murray, 18515 Highway 46, Pheba, MS 39755.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Delora Oswalt

ABERDEEN – Delora Young Rikard Oswalt, 77, died Saturday, March 11, 2006, at the Pioneer Community Hospital of Aberdeen. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

Verteine B. Morris

SHANNON – Verteine B. Morris, 92, died Thursday, March 9, 2006, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was a member of Jerusalem M.B. Church, where she served as president of the Missionary Societies, a member of the Usher Board for 46 years. She was a faithful member until her health failed. She was born June 21, 1913, to the late Rev. Lee Baskin and Minnie Bell Strong Baskin. She married Arthur B. Morris, who also preceded her in death. She loved spending time with her family and great-grandchildren. She loved gardening and quilting.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Jerusalem M.B. Church in Nettleton with the Rev. Robert Jones officiating with the Rev. Charlie F. Barnes delivering the eulogy. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Grayson-Porter's Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one daughter, JoAnn Price of Shannon; one sister, Adell Stone of Michigan; 16 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; 23 great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by two daughters, Loannie Jones and Ida B. Price.

The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to services.

Georgia Depoyster

CAIRO – Georgia Weathers Depoyster, 91, died Saturday, March 11, 2006, at the Tishomingo Manor Nursing Home in Iuka. She was a member of the New Hope Primitive Baptist Church. She was the widow of Oscar Depoyster with whom she ran a rolling peddling store for many years in the Leedy community, and later owned and operated the Cairo Grocery Store for many years. She enjoyed fishing, sewing, cooking and attending church when she was able.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Little Flock Primitive Baptist Church with Elder Herman Clark and Bro. Rick Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include three daughters and their husbands, Martha and Herman Clark of Iuka, and Diane and C.N. “Mick” Floyd and Barbara and Bob Belue, all of the Cairo community; three sisters, Lottie Owens, Billie Sue Sprouse and Betty Jo Rodem, all of Corinth; a brother, Jack Weathers of Corinth; three grandchildren, Chris Clark and wife, Michelle, Bro. Rick Johnson and wife, Kay, and Martha Moore; a granddaughter-in-law, Carolyn Johnson; her great-grandchildren, Shawn and Brianna Clark, Amy and Josh Johnson, Dana and Justin Johnson; three great-great-grandchildren, Kaden Arnold, McKenzie Johnson and Malachi Johnson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar Depoyster; four brothers, Julian, Roland, Sigmond and Galen Weathers; two grandsons, Vick Johnson and Dwight Deion Clark.

Pallbearers will be Chris Clark, Justin Johnson, Bro. Bobby Johnson, Tommy McAnally, Bobby Owens and Earl Wheelington.

Visitation will continue until service time today at the church.

Tommy Smith

RIPLEY – Tommy Allen “Greasy” Smith, 66, died Thursday, March 9, 2006, at his home in Ripley. He was a former owner and operator of Tasty-Freeze, Chicken Supreme and Green Old Field Restaurant. He was a member of the Christ United Methodist Church. He was a member of the 4-H Foundation and a member of the Board of Directors of Farm Bureau for over 25 years. He served as an Alderman for Ward 1 in Tippah County for 16 years. He was a Mason and a veteran of the Army National Guard, where he served as a cook. He was a member of the American Legion.

Services were at 2 p.m. Sunday at the McBride Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. William G. Johnson officiating. Burial was in the Wiers Chapel Cemetery.

Survivors include one sister, Leola Smith Lang of Ripley; one brother, Robert D. “Bobby” Smith and his wife, Joyce, of Ripley; eight nieces and nephews, Ed Lang (Karen), of Jackson, Tenn., Jenny Richardson (Brian) of Tampa, Fla., Keith Smith (Maritza) Litchum, Md., Margaret Ann Smith, Myra Palmer (David), Thomas Calvin Smith (Deb), Lonnie Dale Smith (Liz), all of Ripley, and William Lee “Billy” Smith (Terri) of Baldwyn; several great-nieces and great-nephews; one great-great-nephew.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dalton M. and Ruth Lee Smith; and one brother, Gary Lee Smith.

Pallbearers were be Nelbert Lewellen, Gary King, Harlin Childers, Mike Harrison, Bon Garner, Ronnie Dunnam, Dennis Grogan and Kevin Hall.

John Eugene Ray, M.D.

METAIRIE, La. – John Eugene Ray, M.D., died Friday, March 10, 2006. He was retired after 43 years as a physician with Ochsner Medical Center. He was the son of the late Isabelle Ray McCord and Thomas Henry Ray. He was a native of Hinkle Creek, Miss., and a resident of New Orleans for 53 years. He was a gradate of Biggersville High School. He was a graduate of the University of Mississippi and Northwestern University Medical School. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was the former Department Head of Colon and Rectal Surgery at Ochsner Medical Institutions and Professor of Surgery at Tulane University. He was past president of the International Society of University Colon and Rectal Surgeons, American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and the Piedmont Proctological Society.

Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home Chapel, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. (in Metairie Cemetery), Metairie, La. Interment will be in All Saints Mausoleum.

Survivors include his wife, Joan Lennox Ray; his children, James Dunlap Ray and Lucy Anna Ray Dubus; his stepchildren, Michael Charles Lawrence and Mark Gordon Lawrence; one brother, James Hugh Ray; 11 grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Ray.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ochsner Clinic Foundation, 1514 Jefferson Highway, New Orleans, LA 70121. To sign the Guestbook, www.lakelawnmetairie.com

Luna R. Wilbanks

WALNUT – Luna R. “Dee” Wilbanks, 95, died Sunday, March 12, 2006, at the Whitfield Nursing Home. He was born Oct. 14, 1910, in Alcorn County to Miles and Marge Wilbanks. He was a retired farmer and a member of Brush Creek Baptist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Brush Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. J.C. Hall officiating with Mr. Amos Smith delivering the eulogy. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Corinthian Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Hazel Nabors Wilbanks of Walnut, whom he married March 20, 1942; two sons, Harold Wilbanks and wife, Myra, and Charles Wilbanks and wife, Renea, all of Walnut; two daughters, Bernice Plaxico and Mildred Newman and husband, Olen, all of Walnut; his grandchildren, Greg Wilbanks, Jeremy Wilbanks, Michael Mercer, James Wilbanks and Jeff Wilbanks; his great-grandchildren, Chandler Wilbanks, Steven Howell, Brian Howell, Barbie Howell, Destinee Drewery, Miranda Drewery and David Parr.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Harland Wilbanks, Bruce Wilbanks, Ermert Wilbanks, Warmie Wilbanks; and his sisters, Vada Wilbanks, Zettie Wilbanks Davis, Etta Wilbanks Richardson, Flora Wilbanks Crum and Essey Wilbanks.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Wayne Crum, Ricky Crum, Jimmy Crum, G.A. Voyles, Bobby Wilbanks and James Wilbanks. Honorary pallbearers will be Herman McDuffy and James Crum

Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 9 a.m. until service time on Tuesday.

Susie Gaillard

RIPLEY – Susie Gaillard, 81, died Saturday, March 11, 2006, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in New Albany. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home of Ripley.

Tony L. Rice

IUKA – Tony L. Rice, 50, died Saturday, March 11, 2006, at the Iuka Hospital.

Services will be private. Ludlam Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Cyndi Rice of Iuka; his mother, Grace Rice of Iuka; two sons, Samuel Jacob “Jake” Rice and Jeremy Wayne Rice, both of Iuka; one daughter, Roni Renee Southern of Russellville, Ala.; one brother, Frank Rice and wife, Sherry, of Iuka; two sisters, Connie Banks of Russellville, Ala., and Linda Spain of Corinth; three grandchildren, Kyle, Alex and Triston.

He was preceded in death by his father, Luther Rice.

Annie Cannon

BELDEN – Annie Jeanette Cannon, 89, died Saturday, March 11, 2006, at her home near Endville. She was born Jan. 3, 1917, in Pontotoc County to the late William Wallace Russell and Mattie Brown Russell. She was a homemaker and a member of Locust Hill Baptist Church. She enjoyed sewing, reading her Bible and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at United Funeral Service with the Rev. Charles Stubblefield officiating. Burial will be in Vista Memorial Park.

Survivors include one son, Russell Gillen of Pontotoc; two daughters, Sue Cannon Tutor and husband, Wayne, of Pontotoc, and Anita Boyd and husband, Jimmy, of Belden; three extended family daughters, Peggy Payne and husband, Bobby of Blue Springs, Charlotte Harlow and husband, Morris, of Pontotoc, and Mittie Hart of Memphis; one sister, Libbie Savely of Ingomar; 21 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Evert B. Cannon; two sisters, Nora Dillard and Mary Clayton; five brothers, Hermon Russell, Marvin Russell, Olen Russell, Charlie Russell and Theron Russell; one grandchild; one great-great-grandchild.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Glen Gillen, Daniel Gillen, Adrian Michael Gillen, Terry Harlow, Phil Harlow, David Payne, Wayne Payne and Henry Payne. Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Boyd, Evan Boyd, Johnny Wilder, Logan Johnson, Andy Payne, Dell Harlow, Jim Harlow, Calvin Bramlett, Lane Bramlett and Jeff Bramlett.

Mavis Meadows

SHERMAN – Mavis Lucille Meadows, 74, died Sunday, March 12, 2006, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born April 13, 1931, in Isola to the late Vester and Lena Spivey Broomhall. She was the widow of Willard Meadows. She had lived in Sherman for the past two and a half years and was a former long-time resident of Greenville. She was a member of Sherman Baptist Church and a retired sales clerk. Her hobbies included reading and quilting.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Sherman Baptist Church with Bro. Bill Foley officiating. Burial will be in the Greenville City Cemetery. Mortimer Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include two daughters, Phyllis Evans of Churchill, Tenn., and Pat Herraney and husband, Ronnie, of Belden; three sons, Jimmy Baldwin and wife, Mary Lee, of Virginia Beach, Va., Jerry Baldwin and wife, Leslie, of Roy, Utah, and Johnny Baldwin and wife, Bonnie, of Iron River, Mich.; three sisters, Mary McGlown of Itta Bena, Marion Dean Wright of Booneville and Pam Brown of Pearle; 15 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Marvin Broomhall, and one sisters, Maxine Smith.

Pallbearers will be Heath Williams, Ronnie Herraney, Scott Herraney, Johnny Spiers, Brian Williams and Rick Spencer.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Florence H. McIntosh

ABERDEEN – Florence Heard McIntosh, 84, died Saturday, March 11, 2006, at the Aberdeen Care Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Jackson Mortuary of Aberdeen.

Selma Alexander

ABERDEEN – Selma Alexander died Monday, March 6, 2006, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was originally from Hollandale.

Services will be at noon Saturday, March 18, at the Galilee C.O.G.I.C. with Pastor David Watkins officiating. Burial will be in the Sanders Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Matilda Alexander of Greenville; three children, Cynthia Parish of Las Vegas, Nev., Jack Alexander and Percy Alexander, both of Greenville; six sisters, Thelma cotton of St. Louis, Mo., Emma Graham of Hampton, S.C., Ann Bernard and Rosie Davis, both of Hollandale, Martha Ann Hogan of Kalamazoo, Mich., and Jean of Wisconsin; one brother, Elijah Alexander of Kalamazoo, Mich.; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until Noon Saturday, March 18, at the Galilee C.O.G.I.C.

Dantia Watson

HOUSTON – Dantia Watson, 18, died Friday, March 10, 2006, on Highway 389 in Houston. He was employed by People's Livestock.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Second M.B. Church in Houston with the Rev. Charles Davidson officiating. Burial will be in the New Hope Cemetery in Woodland. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one son, Donterious Watson; his mother, Rachelle Watson; his father, John Prophette; his grandmothers, Jurlie B. Watson and Ethel Rene Prophette, all of Houston; four sisters, Amber Prophette and Darnasha Watson, both of Houston, Deidra Chriswell of Eupora and Angela T. Prophette of Aberdeen; three brothers, Terrell Watson and Antonio Watson, both of Houston, and Tony Prophette of Aberdeen.

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, C.D. Prophette and Juitt Watson.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the church.

David Calomese

BALDWYN – David Calomese Sr., 98, died Thursday, March 9, 2006, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born April 19, 1907, in Lee County to the late William and Cora Calomese. He was a member of the Spring Hill M.B. Church, where he was a deacon and the oldest member of the church. He was retired from the GM&O Railroad and a member of Masonic Lodge HB 510.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Spring Hill M.B. Church with the Rev. Donald Biggs officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include two sons, Robert Calomese and wife, Ruby, of Baldwyn, and David Calomese Jr. and wife, Rosemary, of St. Louis, Mo.; one daughter, Eulah Wallace of Baldwyn; 15 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Gertrude Calomese; four children, Guylene Johnson, Barbara Jamison, Charlie M. Davis and Wesley Calomese; and two grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home with the family hour from 6 to 7 p.m.

Enlow H. Hart

CHESTERVILLE – Enlow Harvey “Bud” Hart, 85, died Sunday, March 12, 2006, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W. E. Pegues Funeral Directors.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Robert L. Smith

WEST POINT – Robert L. “Buddy” Smith, 59, died Sunday, March 12, 2006, at his son's home in West Point. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later be Calvert Funeral Home of West Point.

Leola Carter

HOLLY SPRINGS – Leola Carter, 60, died Sunday, March 12, 2006, at the Alliance Health Care in Holly Springs. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.

Lillian Robberson

FULTON – Lillian Robberson, 99, died Saturday, March 11, 2006, at her residence. She was born June 20, 1906, in Itawamba County to the late Joshua Taylor and Minnie Fee Doshie Presley Steele. She was a homemaker and attended the Union Chapel Church of God. She was one of a few remaining daughters of a Confederate soldier.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Senter Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter, Morine Nelson of Fulton; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Gracie McFadden of Golden; one daughter-in-law, Minnie Robberson of Fulton.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a son.

Pallbearers will be J.W. Steele, Charles McFAdden, Cloyce Steele, Kenneth Orrick and Larry Jones.

Visitation will continue today from 8 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Linda Whitehead

FULTON – Linda Whitehead, 40, died Sunday, March 12, 2006, in Gautier. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home of Fulton.